Three Suspected in Sexual Assaults of Three Girls

Three Suspected in Sexual Assaults of Three Girls

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Two Provo men have been charged and a third man is under investigation in alleged sexual assaults involving three girls.

At least some of the sexual activity was believe consensual, but under Utah law the girls were considered too young to consent.

Authorities on Wednesday charged Gustavo Rene Martinez-Ayala, 20, and Christian Paul Bair, 24, with first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Bair also was charged with first-degree felony child kidnapping and second-degree felony sex abuse of a child. He has been suspended without pay from his job as a bus driver for the Provo School District.

Martinez-Ayala also was charged with first-degree felony rape of a child.

A police affidavit alleges that he said he had sex with one of the girls, a 12-year old. The day after he was arrested, Martinez-Ayala was arrested for allegedly abusing at her home a 13-year-old girl who had been one of his passengers.

Police later came to believe the 13-year old may have been sexually abused by both men, though the men apparently do not know each other.

The latest suspect to be sought by police is believed to be acquainted with one of the men and is believed to have abused a third girl at that acquaintance's home.

The two alleged incidents took place at the same house but at different times, police say.

In an interview with the Daily Herald, a 16-year-old girl described the house where two of the three alleged sexual assaults were said to have happened, as a hangout spot for teens, with many people coming and going.

She said the third suspect may be in Ogden.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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